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Eight universities first to receive award following end of trial for Race Equality Charter

Published: 13/08/2015

Eight English universities are today celebrating being the first recipients of the Race Equality Charter.

PrintECU’s Race Equality Charter, launched in this academic year, follows in the footsteps of ECU’s renowned Athena SWAN Charter, and recognises excellence in advancing racial equality in higher education.

Out of the 21 institutions that participated in the scheme, eight were successful in receiving Bronze awards:

  • De Montfort University
  • King’s College London
  • Kingston University
  • Royal Holloway University London
  • Staffordshire University
  • University of Hertfordshire
  • UCL (incorporating the Institute of Education)
  • University of Manchester

Equality Challenge Unit is using this trial year as an opportunity to take on feedback from participating institutions, and will undertake a full evaluation of the charter prior to its full rollout from next academic year.

Sarah Dickinson, Head of Equality Charters at Equality Challenge Unit said:

‘It was a privilege to work alongside so many institutions during the pilot year of our Race Equality Charter. It’s an incredibly exciting initiative and it has been fascinating to see how universities have interacted with it over the course of the trial.

I’d like to personally congratulate those institutions that have received an award in this round. They have all worked extremely hard and I’m delighted that they are now able to celebrate the fruits of their efforts.

I’d also like to thank those institutions that participated but were not successful on this occasion. Achieving a charter award in its first year is extremely difficult due to the number of processes and practices that need to be implemented from scratch, so a lower than usual success rate was always to be expected. We hope these universities feel the process was beneficial to them, and that the practices and initiatives they have introduced as part of the process help them to build on their work in this area. We would also like to thank them for the crucial role they have played in shaping the Race Equality Charter ahead of its full launch next year.’

ECU will be hosting a celebratory event later in the year to thank all participants involved with the trial of the Race Equality Charter. The event will focus on different aspects of the application process, as well as celebrating the charter’s full launch.